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After three years of community mobilization and advocacy efforts, the School Board of Broward County unanimously passed one of the most comprehensive sexual health education policies in the nation!

And young people were at the center of those efforts. Join them in saying “Thank You” to the School Board of Broward County for supporting comprehensive sexual health education!

Congratulations to the Broward County Youth Council for all their hard work in making sure that young people have access to the resources and education they need to make healthy decisions …

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While I was in high school, I got into my first serious relationship. Before I even realized what was happening, I found myself in an emotionally abusive situation I sometimes wonder, if maybe my school had actually answered my questions about same sex relationships instead of giving me blank stares and “you’re going to hell” rants, if I could’ve picked out the red flags.

Luckily, a teacher went out of their way and taught me that a healthy relationship has both consent and respect. This information and the support …

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UPDATE:  VICTORY!  Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature.  And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.  We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe.  Great job!

This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!

My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. I …

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In Florida, young people are working to make comprehensive sex education a reality in their state. The Broward County Youth Council, a project of Advocates for Youth and Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, leads the work of a statewide youth activist network that advocates for comprehensive sexual health education.  Here’s a picture of some of the council members at the 2012 Urban Retreat!

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As I sat in Sex Ed class the topic of HIV came up. So unlike me other students are ignorant to the virus and disease. They have the impression that you can die from  HIV which is wrong. The truth is you can die if the virus convert into the disease which deteriorate the body which cause the death. But instead of the teacher with the “P.H.D” educating us he stated “If you have sex with more than 5 partners you’ll more at risk of having an STD. If you …

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December has been one of the most fantastic months of the year. Not only is it the festive holiday season, but it is also a time for you to reconnect with old friends and family members whom you may have not have spoken to on a regular basis throughout the year. The end of the year is also a time to reflect on what has happened throughout the past year and where you’ll be going in the next year coming up. The best part about December for me, are …

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So I asked my twin brother what he wanted for Christmas. He was undecided so joking around I told him I was going to buy him condoms because the world don’t need little hims running around. So agreed and said “If you get that I will love you forever. The first time went purchase condoms the people looked at me like I was disgusting and I felt uncomfortable.” So I was confused as to why he feel uncomfortable if he practicing safe sex. Now he won’t even step …

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Have you ever been in a controlling relationship?

You know, the ones that you always have to make sure whatever you want to do is okay with your partner?

“I want a new ear piercing!” says the girl.

“No!!!!” says the partner.

Yes, they may be sweet, treat you like a princess, make you feel like the most important person in the world, but something so small, like not allowing you to get a piercing, can turn into something so big like not allowing you to ever hang out …

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I look at my friends, my family, and everyone around me on a day to day basis, and the topic of inequality of the races has been brought up very frequently in the past couple of months. It seems as more the topic is brought up; the more we have separated as a country.
I was speaking with one of my friends the other day about the topic, and we were discussing the possible outcomes of these riots promoting the civil rights of the American people, and what she …